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Will both Mage Slayer and Sentinel together reduce an enemy's speed to 0?

If I have both the Mage Slayer feat and the Sentinel feat, will the reaction given to me by Mage Slayer reduce an enemy's speed to 0? Mage Slayer: When a creature within 5 feet of you casts a ...
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Does a Paladin with Aura of Protection effectively get twice the Charisma save modifer?

The question is actually rather straightforward and many people seem to be confused about it: When a 6th or higher level paladin that has Aura of Protection rolls a Charisma save, does he ...
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Why would an amphibious Storm Giant need to cast Water Breathing?

In the MM, on page 156, a Storm Giant is described as Amphibious. The giant can breathe air and water Yet it has the innate spellcasting ability to cast water breathing 3 times a day. Why ...
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Where is the history of Greyhawk deities and dragons written?

I would like to find and read the lore of gods and dragons of Greyhawk — how they were originally created, how they have changed, and so on. I searched a bit but I couldn't find anything. What book ...
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Trying to fix my DM mistakes by starting a new campaign

I recently put together a gaming group composed of friends new to roleplaying who were excited to try some D&D. We've only had four sessions so far, and the players are really enjoying themselves, ...
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Melee Necromancer feats?

So, per my previous question, I am taking Miniman’s advice and making a mountain dwarf necromancer with Heavily Armored and a focus on vampiric touch. I have come to dub this concept a ...
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Determining “level” of an NPC ally for purpose of budgeting encounter XP

Hypothetical party: 1st level human wizard (PC) 3x guard NPC 1x acolyte NPC This is the player's first time, and it's a solo campaign. The first mini-adventure involves recovering the cargo of a ...
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Can't seem to find restrictions on Cantrips?

I'm starting a Bard on 5th edition. This is my first 5th edition campaign coming from Pathfinder. I can't seem to find any restrictions on cantrips. Do I automatically know all of them? Can I cast ...
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How much information about NPCs and enemies is appropriate to show players?

I am a first-time GM trying to run a short Dragon Age campaign. During our first game, I hid the character sheets of the NPCs and enemies from the players. Is this appropriate? Should I give the ...
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For Touch spells with a Concentration duration, do you need to keep touching your target?

The spell Protection from Evil and Good reads: Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Duration: Concentration up to 10 minutes Do you only need to touch your target during the casting ...
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Is Shaundakul still alive in 5e?

I'm creating a 5e character and looking at deities, Shaundakul would be perfect for me. However, there has been no mention of him since 3e so I'm not sure if he's a valid deity for my fifth edition ...
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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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How do I handle a shapeshifter in disguise when the players go into “everyone's a doppelganger, let's murder everyone” mode?

I ran into issues with shapeshifters since, after the first encounter with one, the players turned into "everyone is doppleganger in disguise" mode, which makes using their trademark ability ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers]

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, there's an event with some details I'm not sure how to resolve: I've combed Episodes 1 and 6 trying to work this out, and I really have no idea.
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

Deflect Missile (PHB pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I take this to mean that the ...
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What happens when a Demon dies?

I feel like a lot of things are mystically tied to either the demon or its covers, so what what happens when the Demon, its covers, and miscellaneous associated things (peoples memories/reality/cover ...
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Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional?

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the selection of a race determines one or more bonuses to a primary attribute. For example, humans get +1 to all six attributes, while a wood elf gets +2 to ...
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How do I make interrogations interesting?

Throughout my gaming career, one type of interaction has consistently failed to engage me: interrogations. All of the interrogations that I have seen in roleplaying games follow this formula: ...
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What happens when casting Shapechange and Polymorph together?

If I cast shapechange and then polymorph what will happen? What about in reverse order? Can you tell me any examples please? I am a little bit confused, but I imagine that after I cast shapechange ...
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Hellfire guns as a gadget [closed]

Hellfire doesn't really seem to be a broad range of powers, and I don't see much way of altering it for a gadget.. is the fact that a Hellfire imbued gun wouldn't be able to imbue other guns enough? ...
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Does a off-hand weapon get added to a Coup de Grace attempt?

So, today in a game I was in, I ended up fighting against some Giant creatures, and they ended up giving me a hug (grapple). To free me, my friend put it to sleep, I climbed out and committed a Coup ...
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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Is Serrated Pick a versatile weapon?

There seems to be some discrepancy in the serrated pick, it's listed as a 1-handed weapon, yet it has the 'Small' property, which is only applicable to versatile and 2-handed weapons so far as I know. ...
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How do you make new playable races?

I would like to create a new race which you can play as a PC without it being too overpowered for normal game settings. I would like one with wings, but are wings (even wings with clumsy ...
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What is the difference between Ability Checks and Saving Throws?

Mechanically, they both seem to be d20 rolls with an added ability modifier to overcome some type of challenge. Why call it a "saving throw" and not just present it as a passive ability check? The ...
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How is throwing distance computed in 5e?

How is throwing distance computed for improvised weapons? I have a player whose favorite tactic is chucking oil flasks at opponents and lighting them on fire, so this comes up a fair amount. I ...
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Can a Bonus Action be used outside of a combat encounter?

Is there anything preventing a character from using an ability such as Second Wind, or casting a spell such as Misty Step, when not engaged in a combat encounter? The rules indicate you get one Bonus ...
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Use permanent or temporary willpower for gifts?

In Werewolf the Apocalypse, 20th Anniversary edition, there is a gift called Jam Weapon. It states: The Garou shouts an ancient word of power and grace and spends a Gnosis point. The player rolls ...
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How much should a campaign be adapted to a player/character, and vice versa?

Background first: we're several casefiles through a Dresden Files RPG. We're a small group and new to the FATE/Dresden system, but most of us have some RPG experience. I'm the co-GM (I do most of the ...
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Does magical healing stabilize characters first or automatically grant hit points?

Sorry if this question has already been asked, but I just want to be sure that we have interpreted the rules on this right. In our game, our Rogue was rendered unconscious and dying by a darkmantle ...
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Using nWoD dice system in V20

I am an old cWod player who just bought Vampire V20. I was surprised to see that V20 kept the old dice system instead of using the new one. As a reminder : In oWoD, the Storyteller sets the ...
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How to deal with Epic Dexterity?

I'm currently DMing a Scion group which is on Demigod-level now, and I have a problem with it. Characters that push Epic Dexterity are simply overpowered and I can only really damage them if I either ...
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In character creation, is there a standard cap for the equipment you get to start with?

New to DnD and I'm hosting a DnD night with a few friends. As DM I've told em all to have preset character sheets but I'd prefer it if they all created one. In the equipment section there are various ...
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How can I save myself irregularly from a huge amount of damage that would kill me?

So, I'm playing a character who can deal substantial damage for its level with a single weapon hit, using warmage edge, arcane channeling and bunch of other loopholes. My DM recently mentioned that ...
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how do I deal with telekinesis abusers?

I have a wizard and a psion blaster type that keep flinging grenades, light sabers, and over sized swords at everything. The swords are not magical, so fly through spell resistance, anti-magic ...
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Can Thieves' Cant be understood without a level in Rogue?

The Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook describe the Thieves' Cant class feature as: ... a secret mix of dialect, jargon and code allows you to hide messages in seemingly normal ...
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Is multiattack only for natural attacks?

This is a quick one because I can't find clarification in the rules: if I give a monster with multiattack and a slam attack a nice pointy sword, does it still attack twice with the sword? Or once with ...
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Scholastic fringe benefit doesn't actually do anything, right?

It appears that the DMG II scholastic fringe benefit allows you take 20 on knowledge checks you are trained in in very specific circumstances. Given you can take 20 any time you are not threatened or ...
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Multiple breaking points in a scene

So my PCs tortured and killed a vampire in a scene, I of course made them all roll breaking points. What I'm not sure is whether I should have treated the torture and murder separate, and made them ...
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Can I use mage hand to wield implements or attack from a safe distance?

One of my players wants to use his mage hand trick to use his sword to make melee basic attacks from afar, or be able to hold his sword and shield while his mage hand uses his implement (wand). Is ...
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What to do when I accidentally kill the whole party?

So, my players' PCs were fighting 11 fifth-level orcs. They are five 5th-level characters in D&D 4e. It ended in an unexpected TPK. Thing is, their bard was new (he was put in place of their ...
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Can Staves, Metamagic Rods, and Other Slotless Items Be Combined Into a Single Item?

Under the magic item creation rules, can a character create a single item which can function as either a stave or as a metamagic rod or as a Pearl of Power? Would this incur a cost increase/decrease ...
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Is the rogue's Cunning Action plus a ranged weapon overpowered?

Cunning Action gives a rogue a bonus Dash, Disengage, or Hide, but if the rogue uses a bow to attack and the Cunning Action to Dash, how could a melee enemy ever reach them? Most enemies have speed ...
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Can diablerie be performed on a vampire who has just met their Final Death?

I'm currently playing a Sabbat vampire following the Path of Blood in a VtM game. In our most recent session, I encountered and fought two Camarilla alastors who were hunting me for committing ...
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How does adding class levels to a dragon affect CR?

For a multi-GM campaign I'm doing in the Pathfinder, I need to create a NPC. He's a blue dragon. He's posing as a human senator, and causing all sorts of sneaky troubles. Here's my question: do I just ...
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Does decapitation for sure kill a vampire?

This seems almost a ridiculous question, but since I can't find any rules regarding it... Does cutting the head off a vampire for sure kill it? or if they had enough vitae could they regrow the head? ...
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Are there rules for torture?

My PCs decided to torture a vampire; are there rules regarding bonuses to social rolls (for information) or how to deal with inflicting damage in the controlled manner of a torture method?
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Does contact with red-hot metal cause frenzy, as being near open flame does?

My PCs decided to torture a vampire with a red-hot knife — would that have caused frenzy? I decided for the session that it was not a flame, and so did not, but I'm not sure that was the right call.
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Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?

I want my Doppelganger villain in my D&D 5e game to be a worthy match for my level 7 party, but since it's CR 3, if they get it into combat, though it will be fun, it won't last long. Is there a ...
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Does Sculpt Flesh persist for a Lycanthrope once they transform?

A player wants to create a nano with focus Howls At The Moon (Numenera Corebook, page 64) which causes a transformation into a beast. If Sculpt Flesh (Numenera Character Options, page 12) is active ...

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